There are a lot of hotels to choose from in Ho Chi Minh City. I wanted to stay in District 1 which would allow me to walk to just about all the tourist attractions I wanted to visit. I was only booking ahead by a week so my options for hotels were a little more limited.
After searching the usual hotel booking sites, I decided to book at the GK Central Hotel. The rooms looked nice and it was in a prime location for sightseeing as well as food and drink options in the city.
I knew going in that the GK Central Hotel was a budget option with not much in the way of amenities. Which was fine with me. I didn’t really need a pool or fitness center.
The lobby is small, with a seating area and a front desk to check in. Towards the back of the first floor, past the elevators, is the dining area.
Check in was quick and easy and the staff was friendly.
The Rooms At The GK Central Hotel
When I first saw my room, it was smaller than I thought it would be from the photos. There was barely enough room for the bed plus my suitcases. But it was clean, had a tv, a limited mini bar, and the mattress was comfortable.
There is also an in room safe to keep your passport and valuables locked up.
I wouldn’t need much as I was planning to be out and about sightseeing all day. I just need a place to sleep and take a shower.
Speaking of the shower. This was one thing that really annoyed me about the room. The shower had a window in it. They did provide a shade to keep the neighbors from seeing me in my birthday suit. I’m sure they appreciated that as much as I did.
However the shade was poorly designed. At the bottom is a white PVC pipe that collected water as it streamed down the shade and it ran out the end onto the rim of the bathtub. This water then poured onto the floor, creating a huge puddle of water. The bathroom floor would be flooded.
The other issue I had was my room was at the end of the hall near the fire escape. I’d often find the door to the fire escape was open. I thought this was a security issue. I think it was where the workers went out for a smoke, because I could occasionally smell cigarette smoke coming into my room.
The last was nothing having to do with the hotel, but it affected my sleep. There was construction going on next door. And the banging and hammering started way too early for my liking.
Breakfast At The Hotel
My room included breakfast in the morning. It was actually quite good. They had a small buffet that was a mix of Vietnamese and Asian food and a small bit of Aestern food. You got to order one thing off the menu, which was once again a mix of cultures. I went for the omelette.
Breakfast at the GK Central hotel isn’t anything fancy, but it was tasty and enough to fill me up before heading out to see the sights.
As I mentioned earlier, this hotel doesn’t really have any amenities. They do offer you the ability to book tours at the front desk. I took advantage of this and booked a ½ day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels. (Highly recommended). The van picks you up at the hotel in the morning.
The location of the GK Central Hotel is well, central, and hard to beat. It is a 15 minute walk to the main sights such as the Reunification Palace, Saigon Post Office, the War Remnants Museum, and Bitexco Tower. Granted, some of those are 15 minutes in the opposite direction.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink within walking distance.
I wasn’t paying much for the room, so I didn’t expect to have much more than a clean room and comfortable bed, which the GK hotel delivered on. Breakfast and coffee was good, but that leaky shower was a real pain.
All in, for the money I thought the GK Central Hotel was a good budget hotel. The location is what made it a great choice for me, if it wasn’t so close to everything I might have a different opinion. I wouldn’t have any problems staying here again, but I will look around at other options for my next trip to Ho Chi Minh City to see what else is available.